As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively “Rhône-alone” wine list.
We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.
In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved Rhône producers –
This week: Saxum 2014 Red Blend, James Berry, Paso Robles
The Story of Saxum Wines
Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre based blends from the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. We let our rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, sunny days, and cooling ocean breezes speak through our wines by keeping our yields low, picking the fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. We respect our land and farm everything sustainably without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Because our vine’s roots penetrate deep through the fissures in the calcareous soil irrigation is rarely needed. Production is kept at 4000-5000 cases a year divided between seven different cuvees, Broken Stones, James Berry Vineyard, Bone Rock, Booker Vineyard, Paderewski Vineyard, Heart Stone Vineyard, and Terry Hoage Vineyard.
It is a wine that has a ton of richness along with an amazing spine to hold it all together. There’s an abundance of ripe red and black fruit, but it’s balanced by notes of leather and cardamon, maybe a pinch of cinnamon and sassafras.
At home enjoy with sautéed truffles, beef stew and pot roast with roasted potatoes.